All courses take place at Ditchley Park in Oxfordshire, one of Southern England’s finest country houses.

You couldn’t ask for a better environment to learn your butling skills. A number of scenes from the popular TV series Downton Abbey were filmed here, and you will feel like you are rubbing shoulders with those characters as you learn how to master all the contemporary skills of a modern butler.

"Built in 1722, Ditchley Park presents a slice of perfectly preserved English history. It’s a gorgeous, timeless place. You wouldn’t believe the beauty of it unless you see it with your own eyes."
— Damien McMorran, Historian

Its comfort and excellent facilities make it the perfect background in which to learn everything necessary to become a first class butler or valet. The aim of the school is to elevate standards and instruct new trainee butlers on how to carry out their duties with confidence, passion and flair.

Programmes taught in:
  • English

This school also offers:

Course

Butler Valet School

We cover exactly the same topics as on the 4-week course but in less detail and at a quicker pace for those students who have some knowledge but wish to focus on particul ... [+]

The 2 Week Course Programme

£5,160 + VAT (includes accommodation, breakfast, and all meals at school). For delegates with some prior experience. We cover the same topics as on the 4-week course but in less detail and at a quicker pace for those students who have some knowledge but wish to focus on particular areas and develop certain skills.

WEEK 1

THIS WEEK PROVIDES INTENSIVE HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE AND PRACTICE IN THE DUTIES OF THE BUTLER. 1.How to behave, dress and speak to employers and guests. 2.How to greet guests, attend to their needs and make them welcome. 3.Become familiar with the duties of the housekeeper and other staff and understand how to work together 4.Learn what happens in the pantry, e.g. the care of fine crystal, silver, and China. 5.Learn how to make trays for various meals. 6.Prepare the dining room for luncheon and dinner and other parties, and learn how to wait at table. FOCUSING ON DEVELOPING YOUR FOOD AND DRINK KNOWLEDGE AND COOKING SKILLS. 7.The serving of wines port and cigars, wine-matching. 8.The management of the cellar, laying of wine and port. 9.The preparation and presentation of fine foods. 10.How to carve different meats and cut smoked salmon. 11.A full day’s cooking with an experienced chef. 12.How to shop and what brands to buy.... [-]

United Kingdom Witney
August 2019
English
Full time
2 weeks
Campus
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Butler Valet School

This detailed and intensive course teaches you how to be a butler in 4 weeks. Starting completely from scratch, Mr Fink will personally share his skills and knowledge and ... [+]

The 4 Week Course Programme

£7,950 + VAT (includes accommodation, breakfast, and all meals at school). This detailed and intensive course teaches you how to be a butler in 4 weeks. Starting completely from scratch, Mr Fink will personally share his skills and knowledge and train you to a world-class level. It is highly recommended to those who have no previous experience or are changing from hospitality to private service. Each course schedule varies slightly depending on the events taking place at Ditchley Park during the year.

WEEK 1

THIS WEEK PROVIDES INTENSIVE HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE AND PRACTICE IN THE DUTIES OF THE BUTLER. 1. How to behave, dress and speak to employers and guests. 2. How to greet guests, attend to their needs and make them welcome. 3. Become familiar with the duties of the housekeeper and other staff and understand how to work together 4. Learn what happens in the pantry, e.g. the care of fine crystal, silver and china. 5. Learn how to make trays for various meals. 6. Prepare the dining room for luncheon and dinner and other parties, and learn how to wait at table.... [-]

United Kingdom Witney
August 2019
English
Full time
4 weeks
Campus
Read more in English